Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) is “the loneliest Republican in Congress,” according to a CNN report.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 10, 2019
Why might that be?
It might be because Amash’s “closest allies — conservatives who routinely sparred with the GOP establishment in the past — have coalesced behind Trump even as his political and legal woes have mounted.”
It might also be because Amash’s “fierce independence could be a sign of trouble for Republicans in the future,” as evidenced by his “never say never” approach to whether he’ll run as a libertarian candidate in 2020 and his position as the sole Republican member of Congress to vote against President Donald Trump’s desire to use emergency funds to declare an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.
It might even be because of his performance during Michael Cohen’s testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee; Amash was lauded for actually asking questions, unlike his colleague (R-OH), who spent much of the hearing impugning Cohen’s character.
There’s a host of other things, and we have to admit, Amash is a good sport about it all.
We’re concerned about you, Mr. Amash.
Do you feel lonely
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 10, 2019
We’re with you. And working to send you some company.
— Blue Camellia (@RareCamellia) March 10, 2019
Going to ask again: You ok, man?
— Katherine Mangu-Ward (@kmanguward) March 10, 2019
But you can’t say you’re not liked.
Consider it a badge of honor! Thank you for having a soul and common sense!
— “WakeUpAmerica” (@MaryannDesiante) March 10, 2019
Keep fighting the good fight, Congressman.
— Kevin Gutzman (@KevinGutzman) March 10, 2019
You're my FAVorite Republican in Congress… its good to know there is at least one with demonstrated Integrity. Thank You for Your service.
— Karen (@JOYFULIMKaren) March 10, 2019
Justin Amash is probably the only politician who I would actively campaign for
— John Michaelo (@MyName_IsJohn) March 10, 2019
Amash has remained rather consistent in his criticism of President Trump and he told CNN that he has become “disenchanted” enough at times to consider leaving the House Freedom Caucus because of his colleagues’ deferential attitudes.
“From the time the president was elected, I was urging them to remain independent and to be willing to push back against the President where they thought he was wrong,” Amash told the news outlet. “They’ve decided to stick with the president time and again, even where they disagree with him privately.”
Keep speaking up, Congressman. And in the meantime, Adele would love a word with you.